MDK Atlas provides superb color combination possibilities. And Joji Locatelli’s Cuatro Wrap is a lovely design—clever, striking and oh so elegant. I wanted to combine those superb, saturated colors in a neck warmer to wear while walking on chilling mornings, and so my cowl edition of the Cuatro Wrap was born.
After much arranging of fetching combinations, I wound a skein of each my chosen colors: Pear, Seaglass, Mallard, and Peat.
To achieve the snug fitting, and double wrapped cowl size I wanted, I worked each triangle just to row 65 and at a slightly firmer gauge of 20 stitches and 32 rows to 4″ (10cm).
I worked rows 7 and 8, 15 and 16, 55 and 56, and 63 and 64 in the CC, so that more color changes would appear in my smaller triangle sections.
And I substituted a directionless M1 for the M1L’s and M1R’s. Every increase is the same, producing a tiny eyelet as a landmark so it’s really easy to see the spine of each triangle—I love those tiny eyelets. Here’s the M1 I used: insert the tip of your RH needle under the running strand between the needles from front to back, wrap the yarn around the RH needle as if to knit and scoop the new strand of yarn through.
When all four of your triangles have been knitted, double check the number of stitches on your holders so there are no surprises when you’re working the joins.
Set up to join either by grafting as directed in the Cuatro Wrap pattern or as I did, by working a flat 3 NBO.
I worked from the center stitch of the left triangle to the center stitch of the right triangle, knitting with the CC of the right triangle, making one continual row up each of the sides, then held the live stitches next to each other and began to work the flat bind off with the same yarn.
This is a sweet to-go, modular project. All you need in your knitting bag per triangle: 2 balls of Atlas, your preferred needle, and Field Guide No. 22.